Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Five Things

So I thought I would dedicate my very first post to the five items I feel that I am reaching for on a daily / weekly basis. Some of these products are new to me, others I have used religiously for years. (I realise there are more than five items here - but I have grouped some together!) 

So welcome! Lets get started!

The Holy Grail
 Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation 

So I have pretty much used this foundation exclusively for around six years. I still to this day haven't found anything else which rivals this base. Its just the one product I feel like I can really, really rely on. I don't have to worry about it slipping off my face, streaking or drying up. I can put this on at 7 in the morning before work and I wouldn't even need to think twice about staying out til late - it truly is just that good!

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

This is another product I use as a base pretty much everyday, and again I have used this for years. It gives incredible coverage along with a fantastic matte finish.

This + Double Wear Foundation = Porcelain skin

I apply this using the sponge which comes with this product for a full coverage effect or, instead, I lightly dust this over my face using a brush for a lighter coverage. This, however, can become a little cakey if you reapply multiple times throughout the day, I find it best to have a lighter blotting powder with me to target the dreaded grease! 

Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner East End Snob

I love this lipliner, a recent discovery of mine (after I heard it was a dupe of the much more pricier Charlotte Tilbury Liner!). So what can I say..It glides on effortlessly, no dragging of the skin, it has seriously good staying power and it really plumps up the lips. This looks great on its own but it really does come to life when layered with a lipstick and lipgloss. However, with the windy days here in the UK I find myself wearing this alone to avoid the constant hair sticking to my lips (nightmare!).

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat 

I feel this gives the look of salon professional nails but for a fraction of the price. People have asked me on numerous occasions whether I have had gels done - but no I have not! In order to get a really thick, gel-like effect I will use my base coat, one or two layers of my colour, a coating of the Seche Vite, another colour layer and a final coat of the Seche Vite. Beauuuutiful. I paid £10.00 for this, and I was reluctant to pay this for a top coat, but I honestly think it is worth every penny. 

Clarins Eau Ressourcante 

So sometimes on a Saturday or Sunday night I just love to have a good shower and settle down in a fresh pair of pyjamas feeling totally cosy and clean -so this is what I turn to. I find there is something about all the Clarins products that makes me feel so homely and snuggley. I love to use these all together every now and then as an indulgent treat. I feel relaxed just thinking about using them! :-) 

A Quick About Me. 

I am 22, vegetarian and living in the UK. I have a degree in Law and an LPC Qualification. I love animals - I have a particular fondness for all things cats, so I may well introduce a particular good feline friend of mine on here one day! 

I have set up this blog as a bit of a hobby, something to do after work which I enjoy and, hopefully, to pass on some good recommendations to others. As you can see my pictures are not of a professional quality whatsoever. Unfortunately, I do not own a professional camera so I use my iphone - in advance I apologise for the lack of quality but I will always make photos as clear as possible. 

I hope you have enjoyed this first post, let me know if you have used any of the products and what you think! Also, leave me a link to your blog if you have one, I'd love to check them out!

You can follow me on instagram at aprilhannahblogs

A x


  1. Great first post girl! It was clear, concise and well-structured! I also own east-end snob and love it, as well as the Seche Vite and can't do my nails without it. Keep going!


    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, it really means a lot :-) I am just about to take a nosey at your blog :-)

      Have a lovely evening!